One Of These Things First Guitar Lesson

One Of These Things First Guitar Lesson (Nick Drake)

This is the full guitar lesson for One Of These Things First.

One Of These Things First is by English singer-songerwriter Nick Drake. It's a beautifully written piece and a real joy to play. Drake had a very unorthodox style of playing and to this day no one has ever sounded quite like him. You can get closer to achieving his tone by using old, dull sounding strings and also fingerpicking up over the soundhole closer to the fretboard.

Alright, let's get on with the lesson!

Song Details:

  • E major
  • Tuning - B E B E B E
  • Difficulty - intermediate - advanced

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One Of These Things First Guitar Lesson

This song may seem relatively easy at first but it is actually quite challenging at times. One thing that you may well struggle to get down is the structure of the verse, therefore I really recommend listen over and over again to the song to help you slot everything into place.

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How to Play the Bridge 

The bridge is a really cool section of the song, but it's not easy to play! There's not really any patterns to rely on and the chords really fly by.  

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  1. jean francois bonet left a comment on 16th February 2021 at 10:56 am

    Superb song and lesson…..I especially transcend with measures 66 thru 69, when the right notes are high-lighted, it is the sound of bells…..just so beautiful

    The hardest part for me, because it is a long instrumental, is keeping the finger picking hand remaining steady and even at 180 bpm

    Thank you.

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 21st February 2021 at 7:30 pm

      You’re very welcome! Yeah this is a really great song. Keeping the tempo up is certainly tricky. Many thanks!

  2. jean francois bonet left a comment on 18th February 2021 at 6:24 pm

    Hi Chris, hope that you are doing well. I have a question……DS al Fine,measure 53 means to start again at the dal segno measure 5…….all the way to 53 again…..and then play the bridge to the end of the song?


    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 19th February 2021 at 6:41 pm

      Hey, yes exactly that.

      • jean francois bonet left a comment on 19th February 2021 at 8:37 pm

        Thanks Chris

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